Friday, July 2, 2021


I found this remarkably prescient and excellent, you might too, from the then Cardinal Ratzinger:

"The feeling that democracy is not the right form of freedom is fairly common and is spreading more and more. The Marxist critique of democracy cannot simply be brushed aside: how free are elections? To what extent is the outcome manipulated by advertising, that is, by capital, by a few men who dominate public opinion? Is there not a new oligarchy who determine what is modern and progressive, what an enlightened man has to think? The cruelty of this oligarchy, its power to perform public executions, is notorious enough. Anyone who might get in its way is a foe of freedom, because, after all, he is interfering with the free expression of opinion. And how are decisions arrived at in representative bodies? Who could still believe that the welfare of the community as a whole truly guides the decision-making process? Who could doubt the power of special interests, whose dirty hands are exposed with increasing frequency? And in general, is the system of majority and minority really a system of freedom? And are not interest groups of every kind appreciably stronger than the proper organ of political representation, the parliament? In this tangled power play, the problem of ungovernability arises ever more menacingly: the will of individuals to prevail over one another blocks the freedom of the whole."

He continues:

"Freedom, if it is not to lead to deceit and self-destruction, must orient itself by the truth, that is, by what we really are, and must correspond to our being. Since man's essence consists in being-from, being-with and being-for, human freedom can exist only in the ordered communion of freedoms."

Wisdom. Read the whole thing here, and you should.

God bless,



RHT447 said...

To quote Paul Harvey, "Self government won't work without self discipline".

And this--

Jim said...

I saw on LL's blog that it's your birthday. Have a grand celebration!

RHT447 said...

Saw that too. Huzzah! And many more.

Under 60? Darn kids.

LindaG said...

Haha. Yes. Still a child (of God).
Happy birthday, Parson! God bless. 🎂🎉

Wild, wild west said...

Imagine if Mom could have held off one more day!

Well, congratulations anyway, Parson, and returning to the topic at hand, a quote from John Adams:

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."